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Phase 2 Vanguard
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Rick
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2021 10:33 am    Post subject: Phase 2 Vanguard Reply with quote

Couple of interesting photos in this article of a Phase 2 being exhumed in the 1970s

https://www.wigantoday.net/heritage-and-retro/retro/vintage-cars-and-miners-feature-these-wigan-photos-yestertyear-3100322

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2021 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A friend had an old Phase 2. One icy day a Renault on a test drive slid down the hill outside his house and hit the Vanguard, breaking a rearlight and twisting the back bumper (of the Vanguard).
The insurance company didn't want to know, they offered him a hundred and twenty quid for a write off. He accepted this, bought it back off them for fifty, repaired it with bits from the local scrappy for about twenty and put it back on the road, having made a profit.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2021 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I may be speaking out of turn, but I always thought the Vanguard was pig ugly. Pre War Standards, on the other hand, were much easier on the eye.

Each to their own I suppose.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2021 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They did look like they had been pumped up like a balloon.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2021 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They may have looked peculiar but they had an absolutely awesome engine. Imagine today an engine that successfully powers a family hack, a sports car and a tractor.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2021 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keith D wrote:
They may have looked peculiar but they had an absolutely awesome engine. Imagine today an engine that successfully powers a family hack, a sports car and a tractor.

Keith


Absolutely. I just don't like the styling. It is a personal thing.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2021 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd have another Phase2 Vanguard with O/D. The ugliest of the family but bigger front doors, so comfortable, stopped well with racing linings. Admittedly it had a tendency to roll like a drunken heifer and tramline when on cross plies but it was built like a tank and easy to work on.
The TR3/4 following made engine bits easy to find. It had the charm of a family mutt, lovable, reliable, and different.
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